Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country'

Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday issued a statement on Twitter mourning the death of longtime Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE (D-Md.), calling his passing a “devastating loss for our country.”


“Chairman Cummings was a giant: a universally respected leader who brought profound insight, commitment, and moral fortitude to Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on early Thursday.

“His guidance and vision was an enormous gift. I will forever cherish his example. May he rest in power.” 


Ocasio-Cortez serves as a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, of which Cummings was appointed chairman earlier this year. Prior to his appointment, Cummings had served as the ranking member on the committee since 2011.

Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mich.), two other freshman members of the House and part of a group with Ocasio-Cortez known as “the squad”, also serve on the committee and took to Twitter after Cummings’s death to share their condolences.

“Our Chairman leaves behind a beautiful and powerful legacy. I am already feeling the impact of a little less grace in the world,” Pressley wrote. “Deep gratitude to have spent these early months in Congress guided by his wisdom. Rest in power @RepCummings.”


“I already miss him. He believed in the possibility of better from this institution. He understood that our squad was big & embraced the presence of a new era of social justice. I will always remember him as my Chairman,” Tlaib tweeted. “His presence was iconic & I'm humbled I got to serve w/ him.”


Cummings had high visibility in the months leading up to his death as his committee investigated President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE’s businesses and family members.

Trump also tweeted shortly after Cummings’s death to offer his “warmest condolences” to the lawmaker’s friends and family.

“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader," Trump tweeted. "His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!"

Cummings’s office said the lawmaker died at 2:30 a.m. at Gilchrist Hospice Care from “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.”

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of the late congressman, issued a statement saying that he “worked until his last breath.”